Allow me to thank you for allowing me the great privilege it was to lead Agape Men’s Group this year. This time I have been able to spend with you, either virtually or in person, has been a joyful experience. I hope it was the same for you. I suppose it would be improper if I did not close my tenure as the leader of men without some sort of closing note to send you all forward into your future.
Let me first to remind you that you are all called to greatness. God put us on this Earth to glorify Him, and to glorify Him, we must be brave, courageous and unafraid to fail, so, as President Teddy Roosevelt noted, that our places will never be with those cold or timid souls who neither know victory or defeat. I can safely say none of you are with those who are timid. You all glorify him through your (extra)ordinary lives, lifting up God’s name as you continue to achieve greatness academically or professionally. You all displayed and continue to display great courage, swimming against the tide, in an age where it is easy to walk with the crowd.
We must stay firm in our faith, because the enemy stalks like a lion, looking to destroy you. However, I pray, through Men’s Group, we trained in a spiritual agoge, sharpening each other for the battle we have fought and those battles yet to be fought. However, it was not all fire and brimstone. There was laughter, the sharing of hardships and the sharing of a fraternity that I was honored to lead. I can say with certainty that Men’s Group is alive and well, in no small part because of the men that decided that Mondays at 7:00 p.m. was a good time to spend some time with the Lord.
As I close this letter and send you off to your next adventures, let me reiterate how honored I am to be “The Leader of Men” and to see you all strive for holiness. You all give me a great sense of optimism for the Church and for the faith to not only continue but to flourish under the leadership of such holy men. I would encourage all of you to explore your vocations and to find your calling as a leader in the Church. As for me, wherever Uncle Sam sends me, to Ft. Knox, Camp Atterbury, Camp Garfield or Ft. Benning, the UA Newman Center will always be home and a home to some of the finest young men I have had the pleasure to know.
Kenneth S. Begley
“The Leader of Men”